Ron Paul Returns to South Carolina

October 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Events, News, Press Release

Congressman Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will deliver a lecture at the University of South Carolina on the future of individual liberty and the importance of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 PM in the Carolina Coliseum.

The event is jointly cosponsored by Young Americans for Liberty, the Carolina Debate Union and the USC Honors College. Dr. Paul will highlight the importance of civility and tolerance of all opinions, not just in politics but also in everyday life.

The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.

Congressman Paul is a U.S. Representative of Texas currently serving his eleventh term. Dr. Paul received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon. After his service, Dr. Paul turned to politics in the late 1970s. He currently serves on the House Banking Committee.

University of South Carolina Honors College provides an outstanding undergraduate education for academically gifted students that individualizes and makes available the resources and academic depth of a comprehensive research university. At the core of its mission is the belief that each individual student matters and that each deserves a program of study the fits their individual goals and needs.

The Carolina Debate Union is a newly founded student organization at the University of South Carolina dedicated to providing a forum for the expression of ideas. The Union provides an opportunity for students to augment their education through the study and practice of effective communication. The Union hosts weekly parliamentary debates.

Young Americans for Liberty is a chapter-based organization established as a continuation of Students for Ron Paul. They support constitutional principles and the classical liberal ideology of the Founding Fathers.

The Declaration of Independence

July 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

On this July 4th, 233 years since we declared our freedom from Great Britain, I would like everyone to think about what the Declaration of Independence means to them.  To me I have sat and read it again this morning, and I still believe the truths that our fore fathers wrote about still stand today.

Our country seems to be torn between what we were and what some would have us to be.  We, as written by Thomas Jefferson, were given certain unalienable rights.  Those are the things I would like to focus on today.

The first unalienable right is the right of Life.  Seems to me a simple term, and to the framers of our Declaration I am sure it was also.  The people of that time wanted to be able to live free of the tyranny of a king across the sea.  We today as a nation do not respect Life.  We have found over the course of time that it is ok to kill the unborn and call it choice.  We have turned our back on these principles and yet many believe we are honoring our past.

The second unalienable right is the right to Liberty.  Liberty is term that has been misqouted or miss used today.  In essensce liberty is a synonym for freedom.  Our fore fathers wanted a word to define their freedom from undue and unjust goverment control.  We still have liberty today, although today its meaning has been perverted by our goverment and the media.  We have our liberty or freedom as long as it does not interfere with someone else liberty or freedom.  Our government today is chipping away at the very liberty’s and freedom’s we all hold dear.  We as a country have to stand together, not as Republican, Democrat or Independent, but as Americans and make sure our government does not take away the freedoms of any group or people.

The third unalienable right is the right to the pursuit of Happiness.  This means that we should be allowed to pursue what makes us happy and or fulfills our dreams.  It is not promised in the Declaration that we will be happy or that the governments job is to make us happy.  We are only promised the opportunity to pursue our happiness.  To that end if you fail in life or can not make your own happiness you can not blame your neighbor, your community or the government.  We have choices in this life and it is up to us to take control of our lives and strive to be great and happy.

There is more to the Declaration that just these rights.  If you have the time today please take the time to read it.  Share it with your children, and let them know that our country was set up to allow them to be great and to succeed.

If you do not have a copy of the Declaration you can access it at:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

If you would like a copy of the Declaration or our Constitution you may Visit AskHeritage.org and they will send you one.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th and remembers it is not only about fireworks and cookouts, but is about the greatness of our country and what it stands for.  God bless the USA.

Responding to Rick Beltram

March 22, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

If there is one thing I have learned since diving into politics head first a couple of years ago, you must learn how to win friends and influence people.  You also must know what battles to fight and which ones to let pass by.

In releasing my story about my experience with Rick Beltram and the corresponding audio tape, I have caught some heavy flak by a few individuals.  It would be very easy to fire back with more audio from the 58 minute conversation we had on that cold February 16 morning at the Skillet Restaurant to further prove my point, but I must ask, “At what cost?”

The fact of the matter is that Rick Beltram’s very own track record explains and validates my claims.

If we really want to see the members of our Grand Ole Party return to a true limited government, fiscally conservative, free market, and personal freedoms platform, we must remove those who hamper that cause.  We need leaders who are honest and ethical.  We cannot afford to have anymore talking heads that say one thing and do another.

As we move forward in the re-organization of our precincts and our party, I hope people will quit sitting on their hands.  We all have busy schedules, but we must be more involved.  Voting every two or four years will not fix the problems we have.

It starts here and your chance to make a difference is on March 23rd.  I will be there and I hope you will too.

Time to Play Hold ‘em

February 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I never saw the problem with a bunch of friends getting together to enjoy a game of cards and football. I can buy cards anywhere across the state and play games with my kids that are pure chance. Besides the fact that is against the law, if money is exchanged, what is the big issue?

I mean, we have cops breaking up friends playing a friendly game of Hold ‘em when people are endangering lives drinking and driving.  We have multiple unsolved crimes on the books and more worrisome to the state, tax evasion. Yet we will send in 20 cops and spend 12 months planning on taking down a group of friends playing cards.

Today, in Mount Pleasant, “Municipal Judge Larry Duffy wrote today that there is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that the card game is one of skill, not chance.”

This is a big win for individuals who enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘em, but there is still plenty of work to protect those individuals and their rights in their homes.

Speaking of which, now that I have probably put a huge target on my back, is anyone willing to provide legal counciling pro bono?